Combining beer and dogs, two things Pacific Northwesterners love best, Fido’s is “The World’s First Dog Tap House” and anything but your typical brewpub. Sure, they have adult beverages (40 taps of beer, wine and cider to be exact) and a wide-ranging food menu, but the main attraction is on four legs. Dedicated to world class beer and the welfare of dogs, Fido’s is the first (and still only) bar in the world that fosters rescue dogs, featuring anywhere from four to six pooches who live at the bar until they’re adopted. Dogs reside in a special “fido room,” where customers can visit with the pups and, if inspired, adopt.
“We started this business to provide a fun, welcoming and educational social environment that inspires people to adopt homeless dogs,” says owners Scott and Vee Porter.
As a customer-based business, the COVID-19 crisis has hit Fido’s hard. Scott and Vee have run specials in an effort to attract community support, but with no dine-in customers sales have been down 80% since the Governor’s executive stay-at-home order. Fido’s received a $1,500 grant through the Tigard CARES program to assist with immediate operating expenses. “Before the Tigard CARES grant, we had received zero funding help from the government,” says Scott and Vee. “Thank you to the City of Tigard for supporting local businesses.”
To learn more about Fido’s, visit http://ilovefidos.com/.